The winner of the 2020 Bessie Bocock Carter Award is the Weir Garden at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, a project of the Little Garden Club of Winchester. Stone weirs – low, dam-like structures – will regulate water flow during periods of extreme precipitation. The garden will educate visitors on the importance of storm water management. After clearing invasive plants, a garden of wildflowers and grassy meadows will be established among the weirs. This garden will also serve as a naturally managed wildlife habitat. The Weir Garden is a significant component of a trail system on the museum’s grounds, which will become Virginia’s largest public art park when it opens in 2020.


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